APTogo players are refusing to play a World Cup qualifier in Libya after recent violence there led FIFA to move Friday's game from Benghazi to the capital, Tripoli.Alexis Romao of Marseille and Jonathan Ayite of Brest flew back to France from Togo, citing security worries for not wanting to travel to Libya. Togolese players want the match moved out of Libya.Togo football has been affected by
Goal.comZimbabwe Warriors coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels has asked for more time to craft his side into a formidable force in African football
The German-born gaffer has just taken charge of two competitive matches since being appointed last November.Pagels witnessed his Warriors fall 4-2 to Egypt on Sunday as the Pharaohs completed back-to-back wins in World Cup qualifiers against Zimbabwe after a
Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host, was eliminated in qualifying for next year's tournament on Tuesday night and Denmark put itself in nearly as dismal a position.Iran's 4-0 win at home over Lebanon ensured that Qatar can finish no higher than fourth place in the final round of Asia qualifying.
The top two nations in each of the two groups advance to next year's 32-nation field in Brazil, and the
Egypt national under-20 team skipper Rami Rabiaa will be ready for the U-20 World Cup finals in Turkey this month after recovering from a knee injury.Earlier in May, the 19-year-old Ahly defender underwent knee surgery after he damaged cartilage tissue during a Red Devils' 2-0 league win over Smouha.Initial speculations suggested that the young Pharaohs backline leader could miss the prestigious
Ahli eased to a 6-0 friendly victory over second-division Helwan with a second-string side.Ahmed Abdul-Zaher opened the scoring after being set up by promising forward Amr Gamal as Congo teenager Kader Bidimbou made it two after half time.The third goal came from a header by Ayman Ashraf who was brilliantly set up by youth midfielder Loai Wael.Egypt international Al-Sayed Hamdi made it four
ENPPI have qualified for the Egypt Cup quarter-finals with a 1-0 victory over Petrojet.The only goal of the game was scored by marksman Ahmed Raouf before half time.ENPPI join Military Production, Wadi Degla and second-division Al-Nasr into the last eight phase.Zamalek will face Tanta in the round of 32 as Ismaili clash with city rivals Canal.
When asked about Egyptian football during a visit to Cairo in early 2012, Malaga winger Joaquin simply said "I only know Mido". Such was the nomadic striker's impact that he remained a household name in Europe even after his form faded in recent years.Reporters jostling to interview some of the high-profile players who visited Egypt during the past decade almost got the same response, reflecting
ReutersThe only player to win the World Cup three times was dismayed by recent games in which home fans barracked Brazil's players and their manager Luiz Felipe Scolari."This is a team that is under construction, this is a 15-day tournament, so let's not boo them," Pele said to applause at a promotional event in Sao Paulo."Let's support the players, even if things don't work out because this is
ReutersTogo player Alaixys Romao has decided not to go to Libya for Friday's World Cup qualifier because of security concerns while striker Serge Gakpe said the trip to the north African country is not worth risking his life for.Togo were the targets of an attack during the 2010 African Nations Cup in Angola when separatist gunmen ambushed their bus in the Cabinda province, killing three members
Zimbabwe had the majority of possession and created more chances than Egypt despite losing 4-2 at home, believes Warriors coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels.Pagels’ side lost any hope of making the World Cup final qualifiers after being hammered at home by Egypt; a defeat that did not reveal the true course of the game according to the German coach.“We created a lot of scoring chances and I
Egypt's Saleh Gomaa is unlikely to be joining Greuther Furth this summer after refusing to sign with the German Bundesliga 2 side.Gomaa announced he will join Furth on loan from ENPPI this week, but had a sudden change of heart despite completing a medical at the German club.“He hasn’t signed despite completing medical tests with us,” Furth sporting director Rouven Schröder
Ismaili and Ghana youngster John Antwi insists that he does not spend most of his night time surfing the Facebook.The 20-year-old, who is expected to be with Ghana at the U-20 World Cup this month, has been accused to staying online for a long time after midnight.“I am looking forward to the World Cup in Turkey and I am hoping to win something with Ismaili so that I can play for the Ghana
The Egyptian Zamalek are hoping to have Shikabala fit for their CAF Champions League group opening after the midfielder spent six months at home.Following a short-term loan spell at UAE’’s Al-Wasl, Shikabala was surprisingly released by the Dubai club before Zamalek failed to register him during of the winter break.The 27-year-old was not even allowed to train with his team by manager
ReutersJose Mourinho returned to Chelsea on Monday, with the smiling 'Special One' saying he was now the 'Happy One' on his second coming as manager of the Premier League club he has always loved.With some 250 reporters from home and abroad and dozens of television crews crowding into a suite at Stamford Bridge, there was never any doubt about the Portuguese retaining his media pulling power of
Ghana and Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien believes new coach Jose Mourinho is "unique" among the world's football tacticians.The Portuguese coach brought the Ghanaian star at Stamford Bridge in 2005, and the duo worked together again during the player's loan spell last season with Real Madrid.Mourinho was officially introduced as Chelsea's new coach on Monday in hopes of starting a new era with
English Premier League newcomers Hull City will not extend the loan deal of Egyptian winger Ahmed Fathi.Fathi, who joined Hull from Cairo giants Ahly on a short-term loan deal in January, made few appearances for the northern club that finished second in the Championship."Ahmed Fathi is unlikely to return to Hull," Hull Daily Mail reported on Monday."Despite a cameo performance in the Tigers'
Egypt and Zamalek goalkeeper Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed is expected to miss his team's game against Ismaily in the Egyptian League final round."Abdel-Wahed may miss Zamalek's game against Ismaily in the final round of the Egyptian Premier League on 29 June due to the rib injury he sustained in Zimbabwe on Friday," Zamalek's Doctor Mostafa El-Munairi reveals on Monday.The 36-year-old goalkeeper was
ReutersIn a letter obtained by Reuters and addressed to 2013 Mediterranean Games organizers, the International Committee of Mediterranean Games (ICMG) is asking for security assurances and more information regarding the on-going demonstrations."I am writing to express, on behalf of my colleagues, our great concern and sympathy for the unfortunate events that have occurred in Turkey," ICMG
ReutersRafa Nadal believes he can finish the year as world number one after dropping to fifth in the rankings on Monday, changing places with David Ferrer, the man he beat to win the French Open for a record-extending eighth time.Due to the ATP's 12-month rolling ranking system that awards no points for defending a title, Nadal had nothing to gain for reclaiming the Roland Garros crown he won
ReutersSwede Roger Palmgren has quit as Namibia coach after just a month in the role saying he fears for the safety of his family after receiving death threats."The president of the Namibia Football Association John Muinjo hereby announces the resignation of the Brave Warriors' head coach Roger Palmgren who tendered his resignation with immediate effect this weekend due to serious threats
ReutersJapan booked their spot at the 2014 World Cup finals with a draw against Australia last week but the Asian champions have a score to settle in their final qualifier on Tuesday and have no intention of going easy on Iraq in Doha.Iraq held Japan to a 2-2 draw in the Qatari capital 20 years ago in a game that denied the Japanese a place at the 1994 World Cup and was dubbed the "Agony of Doha"
Borussia Dortmund's prized striker Robert Lewandowski will not be making his anticipated move to Champions League winners and Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich in this transfer window, the club's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said on Monday.Bayern, who completed a treble-winning season earlier this month, were fully expected to poach Lewandowski from the Champions League runners-up after they already
Egypt’s recordsEgypt scored four goals in an away qualifying game for the first time since 2008…a 4-0 victory in Djibouti in the World Cup qualifiers.Zimbabwe conceded four goals at home for the first time since a 4-2 defeat to Malawi in 1986. It is also the first time ever they were hit by four goals in capital city Harare.Egypt scored two goals in the first half of a competitive
The Egyptian Ahmed Fathi’s agent claims there are talks with a Turkish club over the acquisition of the Ahli and Egypt defender.“I have been talking with a Turkish club who want to sign Ahmed Fathi this summer,” agent Nader Shawki said.Fathi, who is currently with the Egypt squad in Zimbabwe, spent five months on loan at Hull City this year before returning to Ahli.Even though
Guinea thrashed Mozambique 6-1 in Sunday's World Cup qualifier, reviving hopes of securing a place in the final playoff.The emphatic win will delay the qualification of Group G leaders Egypt for the final phase of the qualifiers, as they are currently second with seven points – five behind the Pharaohs with two matches remaining.Guinea's failure to overcome Mozambique was enough for the
ReutersThe claycourt king was left startled in the sixth game of the second set when a man wearing a white mask leapt over from the stands and ran towards Nadal as he lit the flare.The protestor ran around waving the flare before he, and another bare-chested accomplice, were bundled away by security staff.It was the second such interruption within the space of a few minutes as a man and a woman
Jordan's women's football team surprised Kuwait with a 21-0 home win in the Asian Cup of Nations qualifiers on Friday.They needed 18 goals to lead their group after Uzbekistan defeated Kuwait 18-0 in their match.The leaders will meet Uzbekistan in the third round as only one team from each group qualifies for the continental competition. Jordan scored 11 goals in the first half then 10 in the
Egypt coach Bob Bradley believes forward Mohamed Salah represents the "future" of Egyptian football after the latter's outstanding performance in Sunday's 4-2 win over Zimbabwe.The Basel star, who helped his club clinch the Swiss League title last week, scored a hat-trick to put his country one step away from securing a place in the World Cup qualifying final round."Salah is the future of
Mohamed Salah produced a virtuoso display to notch a hat-trick and put Egypt on the brink of a place in the World Cup qualifying final round following a 4-2 victory over Zimbabwe in Harare on Sunday.The Basel winger, who helped his club win the Swiss league title last week, restored a two-goal cushion for Egypt in the dying minutes, thwarting spirited attempts from the hosts to at least salvage a